Develop Workflow Processes

Create workflow processes

A well-designed workflow allows organizations to manage their tasks in a rational and organized manner. Workflows have been a part of the industrial revolution and the work of Henry Gantt has been the inspiration for a variety of methods which aid in the management of projects and industrial engineering.

Workflows reduce employee frustration by taking unnecessary steps out of the way or arranging them in a way that isn’t logical. They also allow managers to spend more time with their employees, and less time directing. Companies with well-established workflows tend have higher morale and efficiency.

When you are creating a business workflow, start by clearly setting out your goals and identifying the steps that must be taken in order to meet them. Make sure that you include all elements by listing and explaining each step. This is also a time to determine dependencies and organizing the workflow’s sequence in a systematic manner. Consider splitting your main workflow into distinct sub-workflows each one of which operates independently but is vital to the overall success of your project.

Lastly, assign each task to an individual or team and define the responsibilities. This will increase accountability and create the conditions for smoother transitions. Set a date by which you’ll be able to complete the process. During this time, monitor each step to determine how long it takes, and check that against your expectations. Make sure you have an error-free, high-quality final product that achieves all of your expectations while keeping employees engaged. Don’t stop all at once: collect feedback regularly and analyze your process to find any issues or inefficiencies.

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